«I come from a small nation that had to fight for its liberties,» retorted Stormgren. «Yet I am for Karellen. You may annoy him, you may even delay the achievement of his aims, but it will make no difference m the end. Doubtless you are sincere in believing as you do: I can understand your fear that the traditions and cultures of little countries will be overwhelmed when the World State arrives. But you are wrong: it is useless to cling to the past. Even before the Overlords came to Earth, the sovereign state was dying. They have merely hastened its end: no one can save it now – and no one should try.»

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«That was a nice speech, Rikki: thank you. Now I think we can go.»